Saskia Holmkvist, Interview with Saskia Holmkvist, 2005 © Saskia Holmkvist. Video, 8:40 min.

Saskia Holmkvist

The notion of credibility – how it is created and maintained – is as a key point of departure in several works by Saskia Holmkvist. In Make Believe, 2004, a work on video, a magician is displayed on four monitors. His hands are shown in close-up and the viewer can also see an overall view of his performance and his words translated into text. In the background can be heard the sound of the conjuring itself. By fragmenting the experience Holmkvist makes visible the ambiguity that surrounds the magic-show – we want both to be carried away by the illusion and to see through it.

Interview with Saskia Holmkvist, 2005, is an interview with the artist in which she talks about the film we are just about to see. She explains that it is about issues to do with credibility and authenticity. But she is interrupted by the interviewer who, instead of asking the next question, comments on her body language and her manner of expression. The whole thing turns into a tortuous process in which the Saskia Holmkvist in the film tries to comply with the admonitions of the “coach”. This work is commenting on an art scene which is under such intense pressure and where success is increasingly dependent on a professional presentation of one’s own artistic achievements. At the same time it is mirroring a trend in society as a whole, in which the ego is becoming more and more of a trademark and apparently spontaneous comments and documentary images are the product of meticulous repetition and reconstruction.

Saskia Holmkvist Photo: Saskia Holmkvist

Saskia Holmkvist

Born 1971 in Stockholm.
Lives and works in Stockholm.


Konstfack/University College Of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm

Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam [NL]

Pernby Målarskola, Stockholm

Separatutställning/ Solo exhibition

IASPIS, Stockholm

Selected group exhibitions

Narrow focus, Tranzit, Bratislava [SK]

Mörklagd 1+2, Signal, Malmö

Commotion, Picture This – Moving Image, Arnolfini, Bristol [GB]

Selected bibliography

Vid regnbågens slut, (utst.kat/exh. cat.), Tumba Bruksmuseum, Tumba, 2005.

Tidskriften Fabrik#2–3/2005. Greyscale/CMYK, Tramway (utst.kat./exh. cat.), Glasgow, 2002.

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